Cacti is a complete frontend to RRDTool, it stores all of the necessary information to create graphs and populate them with data in a MySQL database. The frontend is completely PHP driven. Along with being able to maintain Graphs, Data Sources, and Round Robin Archives in a database, cacti handles the data gathering. There is also SNMP support for those used to creating traffic graphs with MRTG.

Required software(s)

You need to install the following software on RHEL / Fedora / CentOS Linux:

  1. MySQL Server : Store cacti data.
  2. NET-SNMP server – SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a protocol used for network management.
  3. PHP with net-snmp module – Access SNMP data using PHP.
  4. Apache / lighttpd / ngnix webserver : Web server to display graphs created with PHP and RRDTOOL.

Install the software

[root@server~]# yum install mysql-server

[root@server~]# yum install mysql

[root@server~]# yum install php-mysql  php-pear php-common

 [root@server~]#  yum install php-gd  php-devel  php

[root@server~]# php-mbstring php-cli php-snmp

 [root@server~]# yum install php-pear-Net-SMTP php-mysql

Configure MySQL server

[root@server~]# mysqladmin -u root password NEWPASSWORD

Create cacti MySQL database

[root@server~]# mysql -u root -p -e 'create database cacti'

Create a user called cacti with a password called jktech,
[root@server~]#  mysql -u root -p

mysql> GRANT ALL ON cacti.* TO cacti@localhost IDENTIFIED BY ‘jktech’;

mysql> FLUSH privileges;

mysql> \q

 Install snmpd

Type the following command to install net-snmpd
[root@server~]# yum install net-snmp-utils php-snmp net-snmp-libs

Configure snmpd, open /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf
[root@server~]# vi /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf
Append / modify it as follows (see snmpd.conf man page for details):

#          source          community
com2sec     local          localhost           public

#        groupName        securityModel          securityName
group    MyRWGroup            v1                      local
group    MyRWGroup            v2c                     local 
group    MyRWGroup            usm                     local

# Make at least  snmpwalk -v 1 localhost -c public system fast again.
#                   name         incl/excl     subtree         mask(optional)
 view               all            included       .1                 80

# Finally, grant the group read-only access to the systemview view.
#              group        context s  ec.model   sec.level   prefix  read   write  notif
access        MyRWGroup       ""        any        noauth     exact   all     all    none

syslocation  Unknown (edit /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf)
syscontact    Root  (configure /etc/snmp/snmp.local.conf)
pass . /usr/bin/ucd5820stat
Save and close the file.

Turn on snmpd service:
[root@server~]#service snmpd start
[root@server~]# chkconfig  snmpd on

Make sure you are getting information from snmpd:
[root@server~]# snmpwalk -v 1 -c public localhost IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex

IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex. = INTEGER: 2

IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex.67.yy.zz.eee = INTEGER: 3

IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex. = INTEGER: 1

Install cacti

[root@server~]# yum install cacti

Install cacti tables

Type the following command to find out cacti.sql path:
[root@server~]# rpm -ql cacti | grep cacti.sql

Type the following command to install cacti tables (you need to type the cacti user password):
[root@server~]# mysql -u cacti -p cacti < /usr/share/doc/cacti-0.8.7d/cacti.sql

Configure cacti

[root@server~]# vim /etc/cacti/db.php
Make changes as follows:

/* make sure these values refect your actual database/host/user/password */
$database_type           = "mysql";
$database_default        = "cacti";
$database_hostname       = "localhost";
$database_username       = "cacti";
$database_password       = "jktech";
$database_port           = "3306";

Configure httpd
[root@server~]# vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/cacti.conf
You need to update allow from line. Either set to ALL or your LAN subnet to allow access to cacti:
# Cacti: An rrd based graphing tool
Alias /cacti    /usr/share/cacti
        Order Deny,Allow
        Deny from all
        Allow from

Another option is create /usr/share/cacti/.htaccess file and password protect the 
directory. Finally, restart httpd:

[root@server~]# service httpd restart

Setup cacti cronjob
[root@server~]# vi /etc/cron.d/cacti
Uncomment the line:
*/5 * * * *     cacti   /usr/bin/php /usr/share/cacti/poller.php > /dev/null 2>&1

Run cacti installer

Now cacti is ready to install. Fire a web browser and type the url:  or http://your.server.ip.address/cacti/

Just follow on screen instructions. The default username and password for cacti is admin / admin. Upon first login, you will be force to change the default password.

How do I configure SNMP data collection?

SNMP can be used to monitor server traffic. Once installed login to cacti.
=> Click on Devices

=> Select Localhost

=> Make sure SNMP options are selected

How do I create SNMP graphs?

Click on “Create Graphs for this Host” link on top right side. Select SNMP – Interface Statistics. Select a graph type (such as In/Out bytes with total bandwidth)finally, click on Create button.

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Last Modified: January 12, 2017

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